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Title Sequence of the Week

Anatomy of a Murder – Saul Bass

Saul Bass and Duke Ellington – how can you go wrong? It’s amazing how wonderfully analogue and handmade this looks next to the slickness of today’s, well, everything. The oft-imitated and instantly recognizable Bass owned the 50’s and 60’s and he was the perfect guy to go with jazz and angular music, and of course with Bernard Herrmann, another frequent Hitchcock collaborator. I could post nothing but Bass on here, but instead you can see a couple more beauties here and here.

The film is fantastic as well, with a later career Jimmy Stewart going up against some new breed actors like George C. Scott and Ben Gazzara and showing ‘em how it’s done, but probably worth checking out just to hear Jimmy grapple with the word “panties.”

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